Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry, West Brom mistake & the impact on Callum Hudson-Odoi

Arsenal & Serge Gnabry

Writing in the Times on Thursday, journalist Alyson Rudd has turned back the clock to revisit what happened with Serge Gnabry and Arsenal.

Gnabry was one of Bayern Munich’s standout players this week in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool in the Champions League.

After the game Gnabry remembered his Arsenal roots in a cheeky social media update.

Gnabry, 23, has been around the houses already in his career.

After joining Arsenal aged 16, the winger struggled for game time in north London.

Indeed, Arsene Wenger loaned the German winger to West Brom – a move which never worked out for either party.

Since, Gnabry joined Werder Bremen before signing on for Bayern.

The West Brom mistake

With the aide of hindsight, Alyson Rudd has explored Arsenal’s mistakes with Gnabry:

The Stuttgart-born winger spent five years at Arsenal from the age of 16 and then went on loan to West Bromwich Albion. Loan moves for young players are common enough.

Arsenal, though, did not quite do their homework properly. Tony Pulis was in charge of West Brom at the time and was not overly keen on aiding Gnabry’s development.

Impact on Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi

Gnabry’s development at Bayern Munich can be compared to a couple of English upstarts.

The first is Jadon Sancho, who is now lighting up the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho joined BVB last summer from Man City when it became apparent he wouldn’t be a starter this season at the Etihad Stadium.

The other player compared to Gnabry is Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Hudson-Odoi was a target for Bayern Munich in the January transfer window, however Chelsea rejected the Bavarians transfer offer.

Noticeably, Hudson-Odoi continues to be on the fringes of the Chelsea first team.

So what lessons should the Chelsea teenager take from Gnabry’s journey? Alyson Rudd offered her thoughts:

It was not just Arsenal fans who watched Gnabry’s fine performance against Liverpool and pinched themselves. Callum Hudson-Odoi must have been fascinated.

The teenager is left to gaze at Gnabry and wonder at what might have been but at least the German has proven that a wrong move does not necessarily place your career into a tailspin.

Also see: Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke thanks Chelsea for allowing him to leave Scotland after Rangers abuse.

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